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Serge Gnabry to be loaned out this season? 0

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having a lot of competition in the attacking positions, winger Serge Gnabry may struggle to get first-team action in 2014/15 that may lead manager Arsene Wenger to considering loaning out the 18-year-old.

Last season, Gnabry made nine Premier League appearances for the Gunners, amassing just over 500 minutes of game time. A Germany U19 international, the former Stuttgart player has also featured in the Champions League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup, with Wenger rating the winger highly for the future.

However, with Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and even Mesut Ozil, who can all operate from out wide, Gnabry has stiff competition for a starting place.

Are Arsenal better off without controversial duo? 0

Posted on July 22, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal has been heavily linked with two controversial strikers this summer in Loic Remy and Mario Balotelli. It looks like the Gunners have decided against signing either, as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed they are not in the market for another forward.

Medical

France international Loic Remy had been linked with the Gunners for a long time, but is now reportedly heading to the join the Liverpool squad on tour in the USA and have a medical ahead of completing a £8.5million move from QPR.

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What’s going on with the Balotelli rumours? 1

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looked to be content with his attacking options for this season, the rumours of Balotelli joining the London side are not going away.

He represented Italy in this summer’s World Cup, but had a poor tournament that his club president (of AC Milan) revealed would hamper his chances of a move.

Mario Balotelli is still currently 3/10 to join Arsenal this summer, but his valuation is said to be in excess of £20M, while requesting wages amounting to over £5M a year before tax, according to various sources.

Has Thomas Vermaelen been mismanaged by Arsenal? 2

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Thomas Vermaelen’s future uncertain with the club, and his deal only having 12 months to run with Arsenal, has he been another player poorly mismanaged?

The Belgian defender has played second-fiddle to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny last season, playing less than 800 minutes of Premier League football, while Wenger was trying to convince him that he had an important part to play in the Arsenal team.

Contracts talks should have been initiated in the previous campaign, as now it’s unlikely the 28-year-old will sign an extension with Arsenal. The Gunners are 5/1 to win the title, but with only senior three centrebacks at the club, one of whom wants to leave, Arsenal need another defender to boost their chances of success.

Wenger denies striker move 0

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal Football Club will not be making any more attacking signings in the summer transfer window, the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has moved to suggest.

The club produced quite a coup by recruiting Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and it appears that the Chilean will be used in a central role, with Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo acting as his back-up.

Given that Joel Campbell has returned from yet another impressive loan spell and Theo Walcott expected to return into action in the opening exchanges, Wenger seems to have no plans to add any more attack-minded players to the squad.

Can Abou Diaby be an important player for Arsenal next season? 2

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Many Arsenal supporters will have forgotten midfielder Abou Diaby was on the Gunners books for this season such has been the lack of games played in 2013/14 due to injury, but the Frenchman is back for Arsenal this campaign and manager Arsene Wenger is backing to play an important role in the team.

Diaby suffered a ligament rupture in March last year that has taken him a year to recover from, but injuries have been all too familiar with him in the last few seasons.

David Ospina could prove a bargain buy for Arsenal 0

Posted on July 21, 2014 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal is close to completing a £3million deal to sign Colombia number one David Ospina. The 25-year-old was already a highly-rated keeper prior to the World Cup, but his performances in Brazil have raised his profile even further.

Ospina looked very solid as the South American’s reached the quarter-finals of the competition and were unlucky to exit the competition at the hands of the hosts Brazil.

Reliable

Ospina has forged a big reputation in Ligue One with Nice, where he has become known as a very reliable keeper. Ospina has helped Nice to become a stable team in the French top-flight. Ospina has spent five years at the French club developing his talent.

Arsene Wenger to strengthen further this summer 0

Posted on July 20, 2014 by David Nugent

It will come as no surprise to Arsenal fans that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has stated that he will strengthen his squad this summer. There are still certain areas of the team that are in need of strengthening and hopefully some new faces arrive sooner rather than later.

Strengthen

Wenger confirmed that he will strengthen his squad by telling Sky Sports: “It’s not over, there’s still a long way to go.

“I can’t give you any names because you’re never sure if you can do what you want, but we’re still out there to strengthen our squad.”

What games is Theo Walcott likely to miss through injury? 0

Posted on July 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealing forward Theo Walcott will miss the start of the season due to his lengthy injury sustained during the previous campaign, what games could the England international miss in 2014/15?

Considering Walcott won’t be training until the end of August, he’ll almost certainly be absent for fixtures such as Crystal Palace (home) on 16/8/14, Everton (away) on 23/8/14, and Leicester City (away) on 31/8/14 .

There’s also the matter of League Cup and European games in between league outings that the 25-year-old will also miss which means the ex-Saints man could be absent for up to 10 games.

Wenger admits uncertain future for Thomas Vermaelen 1

Posted on July 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With rumours linking Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen with a move to Manchester United, manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he will find a replacement for the Belgian centre-back this summer.

New United manager Louis van Gaal reportedly made a £10M bid for Vermaelen, but Arsenal are keen to hold on to him. However, with the 28-year-old playing less than 800 minutes of Premier League football last season, he would jump at the chance to get regular first-team action elsewhere.

“I cannot guarantee that (he will stay at the club) but should he go, I will bring another centre back in for sure”, said Wenger.



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